Today is National Bookmobile Day!!!

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April 15th is National Bookmobile Day!! It’s a day for celebrating “our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day.”

Look at this BICYCLE BOOKMOBILE from Arcata, California!!!!!

Bike bookmobile

Traveling libraries have been around since the mid-1800’s. Started in the UK, they were first called perambulating libraries and were horse-drawn. 

Warrington Perambulating Library

The first bookmobile in the United States was started by librarian Mary Titcomb in 1904.

bookmobile

Look at this beauty from 1949!!

1949-chevy-book-mobile-600x395

The READING ROCKET (great name!!) is the bookmobile of the Denver Public Library and it runs on bio-diesel!!!

Reading Rocket

Here’s what the interior of one bookmobile from Ohio looks like:

Bookmobile interior 2.preview

Did you know that there is a traveling DIGITAL BOOKMOBILE where people can download information??

Some Norwegians get their library materials from special kind of bookmobile, a SHIP named Epos!!! 

Epos

Kenyan children have a CAMEL-DRAWN bookmobile!!!! I’m not kidding!!

LOOK!

camellibrary

In Oakland, California, (though not “mobile”) there is a LIBRARY BOOK VENDING MACHINE!!

Vending Machine

Celebrate National Bookmobile Day (which is part of National Library Week) by “thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders.”

Celebrate National Bookmobile day

Reading is fun!! YAY for BOOKMOBILES!!

BookWagon
  • circeherbivora

    Love it! In our little town of Mokelumne Hill, CA the library is one of the biggest buildings around with a huge deck out in all seasons with books for sale, or to collect donations.

  • laura valentina

    Fabulous blog Pee-wee! I always believe that the best adventures are those when you read books they teleport you to distant lands beautiful as ever.

  • Helen Gircko

    Of course, using a bicycle books are distributed ten times faster!

  • Sean McCauley

    Al-Waqidi (arab historian) traveled everywhere with his enormous library. It took a caravan of 220 camels trained to walk in alphabetical order.

  • Abby Bond

    Don’t forget the biblioburro. A donkey with books! There’s even a children’s book called The Biblioburro.

  • Edward R. Arnold

    Peewee! What happened to your beautiful bike? Thought you would be using it to tow your bookmobile trailer.